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, many are dead and missing. >>> maximum penalty, the government fines toyota for hiding safety defects. >>> earthquake in southern california. does this mean the next big one is coming? >>> and tiger returns. tiger woods at the masters talking about drugs, injuries and the reaction of the crowds. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight, we begin with breaking news. a mine disaster in west virginia. at least half a dozen miners confirmed dead. many more are missing. david muir has been taking in all the lateers reports. >> reporter: we just got off the phone with the west virginia state police. they confirm the explosion happened at the massey energy upper big branch mine. that is south of charleston. here are the numbers as they're coming into the associated press. x miners killed. 21 unaccounted for. just within the last couple of days, the top federal agency that looks into the mine safety in this country said more needed to be done since sago. the high tech equipment that was called for in these mines in case of accidents like these. now we have this. >> of course 12 people
>> shepard: brand new trouble for toyota. now word of an email before the vehicle recall and it is revealing. plus, new developments in the race to save the miners. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. >> coal mine something a way of life for our families around here. >> shepard: when disaster strikes, folks here pull together. >> these are very, very strong people. >> shepard: crews have drilled. >> they cut through 1,093 feet. >> they have signaled. >> we banged on the pipe for 15 minutes or so. >> shepard: and all the while families have waited for news. >> it's just a sad situation. >> shepard: tonight, the latest development in the disaster at the mine. plus, leader vs. leader. tonight, reports of a simmering feud between president obama and the afghan president harmid karzai. all of this while tens of thousands of american troops are over there fighting a war first from fox this wednesday night, coal mining, it's connected to each and every one of us across this great nation. according to government accounts, half of the electricity we use in this country comes f
in utah. >>> toyota says it hasn't been notified about a multimillion dollars fine from the u.s. government. sources say the government is proposing 16 and a half million dollars in fines for toyota, saying the car maker failed to quickly alert regulate% a dangerous defect with gas pedals in millions of its vehicles. once that fine is handed down toyota has two weeks to accept or contest it. >>> police are investigating a fatal car crash in northeast baltimore overnight. these are photos by a wjz freelancer. a single vehicle crashed at more ravian road and sinclair line. one person is dead. one other person was take to be johns hopkins hospital. we have no word on their current condition at this hour. >>> at the state house in annapolis, time running out to pass much talked about pieces of legislation including tougher laws against sex offenders. right now it looks like that might not happen. andrea fujii is live with the latest. >> good morning andrea. >> reporter: good morning everyone. there are nearly half a dozen pieces of legislation waiting to the be voted on, strengthe
>>> on our broadcast this monday night, the max, the feds hit toyota with the maximum possible fine for those defective gas pedals. is this the beginning. >>> game on. tiger woods gets ready for the masters and meetshe press. >>> shakeup. a california earthquake hits southern california. how bad was it and what is to come. >>> and the underdogs. they seemingly came out of nowhere. tonight they play for all the marbles and now you will know their names. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a breaking news story out of west virginia where there has been an accident and apparent explosion in a coal mine. getting coal out of the ground is a daily part of life in that part of the country. it appears disaster has struck the mining industry once again. ron allen has been following this story since the first word of possible loss of life and miners trapped underground. >> reporter: it is difficult to tell exactly what has happened. an explosion in a coal mine can be a difficult and deathly situation. 21 miners are unaccount
company. >>> another big story we're following tonight. toyota's internal troubles revealed. an e-mail exposes concerns about the automaker's souring public image. a top official writing about the defective gas pedals tells another official the time to hide this one is over. >> reporter: the e-mail was obtained by the associated press tucked in with thousands of documents toyota has turned over to government investigators. it was a month before toyota's president was hauled before congress, five days before the japanese car company announced a massive recall because of defective gas pedals. on january 16 of this year, toyota's top public relations official in the u.s. wrote to a colleague, we need to come clean. seemingly concerned the company wasn't handling its troubling safety issues effectively, miller worried toyota's outstanding reputation for producing safe and reliable cars and trucks was in peril. we are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet, miller writes. on monday the obama administration fined toyota a record $16 millio
to the wire national championship game. >>> that is straight ahead. also, toyota is slapped with the largest fine issued against a car company by the federal government. we'll have more on that when fox 5 morning news comes back after the break.  >>> among the stories making headlines being toyota's latest troubles continue. the federal government has now imposed the maximum penalty on the carmaker. the$16million fine the biggest ever issuedgainst a car company. toyota has two week to appeal the fine. >>> in sports news, the newest redskins player don van mcnabb will be introduced to the d.c. media later today. the team acquired the quarterback from the philadelphia eagles. there is a news conference set for noon today and we'll carry that live. >>> duke blue devils, the champions of men's college basketball. the big gale last night. they held n to barely beat the butted her bulldogs 61-59. it was not easy. here is your final shot from mid court. butler uninch way from winning the national championship. >>> coming up next, president obama gets the nats season opener started wi
penalty against toyota. they are also facing $16 million for failing to notify the government about defective gas pedals. the transportation department says six other little -- says accelerator pedals have different defects. >> a credit we can in the district. -- crowded area in the district this weekend. john gonzales is in washington with what you need to know. >> this is seventh street next to the convention center. you can see steel fences already lined the streets. this weekend is always busy, but add to that the parade and dignitaries, and you have a traffic mess. >> this family is hoping to the curbside for the cherry blossoms parade, but realize getting around will be a challenge. >> [inaudible] >> this friday on afternoon is already a mass. he appears to be wearing the appropriate hat today. >> [inaudible] >> just up the road will be the nuclear security summit. >> there will be discussions about something very near and dear to him. >> roads will be closed and parking off limits and a large security perimeter is sure to cause gridlock. >> i think they should stay as far awa
a decade since they evaluated any vehicle this poorly. yet another black eye for toyota. >> that's right. >> it, of course, is the parent company. >> this is a rare and very direct warning for buyers and owners of the lexus gx 460. about 5,000 cars have been sold. consumer reports says do not buy this car. they found significant and severe rollover risk during turns. they do all of these controlled testings, four different drivers found the same problem. they got another vehicle, found the same problem on this one. they say it is not isolated. it is a problem with the electronic stability control system. it manages the brakes and the steering together. so if you're going up an off ramp and there is some sort of an obstacle, you turn quickly, there could be a real rollover risk for people with this car. if you have this car, they say be very careful on any on ramps or off ramps because they're very concerned about the stability of the vehicle in those circumstances. take it to your toyota dealer and demand a fix. if you don't own this car and thinking about it, consumer reports in a very
spokesperson robert gibbs called karzai's comment, quote genuinely troubling. >>> in the wake of toyota's unprecedented global recall over sticky gas pedals the u.s. government has made an unprecedented move of its own, seeking the maximum penalty of punishment for the automaker's failure to act swiftly when lives were at stake. on monday transportation secretary ray lahood proposed toyota pay a record fine of nearly $16.4 million, after it, quote, knowingly hid a dangerous defect. documents show toyota knew about the defect back in september of last year, but waited until late january to issue a recall. toyota still faces private lawsuits, which could cost the automaker untold millions more in damages. >>> and now, here's a look at some other stories making news "early today" in america. in vermont, authorities just released surveillance video of a police officer firing a pepper gun at a man in a holding cell. the 26-year-old man, who was handcuffed at the time, can also be seen laying on the ground as the officer puts a bag over his head. the officer resigned following an internal inv
by toyota. there's been a lot of people wondering about the recalls. to get the facts and the information, go to toyota.com. >>> let's go right to the ronster at oriole park and camden yards. >> reporter: hey, the 19th season at oriole park and camden yards. the bird is here. how are you doing. the gating opening in less than six hours. the birds and the blue jays coming up and the birds are back in more ways than one. ♪ >> reporter: the birds are back. black and orange flamingos are flying off of the shelves. we celebrate the ravens and now the orioles. >> where are they going? >>> in the front yard. >> reporter: it's a change of season object out back and marty and tim say hello orange. >> well, the purple and black are changing it for orange now in the gardens and it's good. >> reporter: they're putting the finishing touches on in camden yards and the youngest fans can't wait. there >> he's 2 and the older boy is 5 and they love coming to the game and it's a great place for families and we're happy to have the opportunity to come down. >> reporter: here, it's time for a winning seaso
story, safety tests now being ordered on every suv that is made by toyota. >>> the automaker insisting it wants to put customers at ease after being forced to halt sales of their high-end lexus. consumers reports warned the readers not to buy it after there was potential rollover risks. >> we are tracking the story this morning. you brought us earlier in the week, when we last left, toyota hadn't weighed in. >> toyota has learned a tough p.r. lesson. auto giant moving quickly after the highly respected nonprofit group, consumer reports, warned their readers not to buy the gs-460. a potential stability problem with the $52000 suv. the vehicle's rear end repeatedly slides out in tight turns posing a risk for rollovers when exiting a highway. toyota is ordering tests on all of their suvs to determine potential problems. the company denying published reports in japan that it is recalling the 2010 gx-460. if you do own one and you are nervous about driving it, toyota is offering a free loaner car until the problem is fixed and identified. the big problem is that the company says, quote, the
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you to the scene. >>> plus, questions we've been asking about toyota executives all along. what did they know about the safety problems? when did they know it? when were they warned? today we have a troubling new answer. >>> also, virginia's governor still says there should be a confederate history month. he's apologizing for leaving out any reference to slavery in his original proclamation. that is not soothing his critics. people on both sides are up in arms over thisser shoe. they're blogging about it like mad. we're going to step back. we're going to take a deep breath and have an honest discussion about the confederacy and what role it plays in american history. should there be a confederate history month? if you haven't chimed in, go to facebook and do it now on my facebook page. >>> as i said, let's go right back to vest wirnlg wirnlg and follow up on what is going on. brooke baldwin is in naoma, west virginia. they have had a serious setback in their attempts to reach those four miners that remain trapped. brooke, what's the update? >> reporter: the update is, best case scen
and some are still missing. >>> plus, safety cover-up. the government accuses toyota of skirting the law. the historic fine being leveled against the auto giant. >>> and, bargain hunters. the couple that gives frugal a whole new meaning. your junk becomes their treasures. it's tuesday, april 6th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm todd connor in for jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. >>> we begin with that developing story from west virginia. a coal mine explosion has killed at least 25 workers. >> mine safety officials say it appears that methane gas caused the explosion, just as in the sago disaster four years ago. the mine located in montcoal, west virginia. john donvan reports. >> reporter: there was an explosion at about 3:30 in the afternoon, and it was felt from some distance, as we heard from one of the miners who works there. >> we were on our way to go out to the other side of the mountain on the ueb side. but we got caught up in -- it was almost like a tornado. i mean, we got -- it stopped us dead because we couldn't go any farther because there
is made up of volunteers just trying to improve their community. >>> at 6:05. new developments in toyota's troubles. jessica doyle is live with a look at some company e-mails. >> that's right. new evidence that toyota was not on the up and up with drivers and officials about its massive safety problems. a newly recovered internal e-mail reveals deep concerns that the company wasn't dealing with the safety problems effectively and could damage toyota's reputation. on january 21st, toyota announced it would recall 2.3 million vehicles to address problems with sticking accelerator pedals in six vehicle models. it already recalled more than four million vehicles regarding gas pedals that could get stuck in floor mats but five days before the very new recall a pr executive at toyota warned colleagues that "we need to come clean." about accelerator problems. irv miller writes an internal e-mail -- this new e-mail could fan existing criticism from earlier this week. the transportation secretary hit toyota with the maximum civil fin allowable from the federal government. the transportation depar
on the internet e-mail that showed toyota executived were discussing problems with the company's executives prior to launching a huge recall. tonight, we are learning what happened after that e-mail went out. plus, dozens upon dozens of people buried alive. and this is just the beginning of the damage. of the damage. that's coming up as fox reports. but i'm gonna take it to a thousand million. [ male announcer ] when you own a certified pre-owned mercedes-benz, chances are they'll own it one day, too. which is why it undergoes such a rigorous inspection to meet our uncompromising standards. one day, i'm gonna drive this to vegas. [ male announcer ] hurry in to your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for 1.99% financing during our certified pre-owned sales event through april 30th. it was really nice to meet you, a.j. yeah, you too. a.j.? (alarm blasting) (screaming) (phone rings) hello? this is bill with broadview security. is everything okay? no. there's this guy - he just smashed in my door. i'm sending help right now. thank you. (announcer) brink's home security is now broadview security. call no
-mail that has surfaced. the e-mail was written by a now retired toyota executive. it it raising new questions about toyota's response to safety problems with its vehicles and we get the details now from phil lee bow in chicago. >> another damaging piece of information regarding toyota and whether or not it was dragging it's feet in terms of alerting the public for 2.3 million vehicles, the damaging information comes from this company e-mail cents from an executive five days before the company rrled 2.3 million vehicles. in the e-mail irv miller, who retired from toyota, says i hate to break this to us, but we have a tendency for mechanical fail near accelerator pedals off a certain manufacturer on certain mol models. we need to come clean. the worlds "come clean" are getting a lot of attention. it was sent five days before the recall on january 21st. within the last week toyota fined 16 plt 4 million just under 16.4 by the department of transportation for being slow in alerting authorities to the recall of the gas pedzals. the d.o.t. says they hid the defect. toyota says we understand the con
. >>> we're also going to have the new announcement from toyota about its suvs after this latest report of a possible rollover hazard in one of its most expensive lexuses, new in the next half hour. >> all of the freebies we talked about that you're going to get because you did your taxes today we have them listed on our website that's cnn.com/robin. >>> do you need a little help getting out the door on time? you might want to sign up for my free wake-up call, another free thing today. dial 1-800-robin-hln, tell me what time to call. it will be me on the line. >>> if you hate taxes there's no bigger day than today. the tea partiers have big plans all over the country, they're also naming the politicians they want out of office. >>> plus there's no car on the road like this one. how soon before you can buy it? - hello! - ha! why don't you try a home cooked meal... with yummy hamburger helper? oh! tada! fantastically tasty, huh? ummm, it's good. what would you guys like? hamburger helper. what?! one pound... one pan... one tasty meal! 's a youing ic lowi kn [ male announcer ] t1-25[ 4 tht
a helicopter and walking tour of the widespread damage. >>> time is 4:38. more troubles for toyota. the new problem that has it pulling another vehicle out of the showroom. >>> a woman assaulted near a busy metro station. a man was able to attack her without anyone seeing. >> do you need your umbrella? we'll have your weather and traffic after this break. >>> and a good wednesday morning everybody. middle of the week is finally here. it's 4:41. i'm news 4 meteorologist chuck bell. yesterday had plenty of clouds and rain showers around. not a whole lot of rain, ended up between .1 and .25 inch. a little less out across northern virginia. temperatures this morning martinsburg in the 30s now, 36 in martinsburg, 34 hagerstown, 39 in fredricks and skies tried to clear out. as a result early this morning we have patchy dense fog to watch out for. temperatures will climb into the high 50s and low 60s with the return of sunshine by mid to late morning. jerry. >> chuck, hopefully the sunshine will wear off some of the fog. in some areas very dense. capital beltway off the wilson bridge had overnight
. that's a live press conference taking place at 6:30 eastern. >>> new details that some of toyotas employees are not happy about how the auto giant handled safety concerns about the faulty gas pedals. the call from one executive came back in january five days before a huge recall. his message was clear. we need to come clean. our deb feyerick is tracking the developments for us this morning. she joins us now. so this was an executive that said, we need to make changes? >> those words, we have to come clean gets a lot of attention. it is clear that toyota executives were scrambling to find out the best way to deal with their huge accelerator problems. one of the company's top public relations executives warned toyota, we need to come clean about the sticking pedals. they are saying that toyota was not protecting their customers by keeping quiet about this. in the e-mail by toyota's recently retired u.s. vice president for affairs, herb miller writes, we have a tendency for mechanical failure in accelerator problems. the time to hide is over. it was sent in january, days before the m
. >> reporter: i would agree, yeah. >>> this does not look good here. a toyota executive sent an e-mail saying "we need to come clean" and it came just a few days before their big recall. jennifer, shed some light it appears on what the automaker may have known about the problem of runaway cars and when they knew it. >> also they knew this was a big deal that needed to be handled and that maybe the culture from headquarters from tokyo, well, not tokyo but from japan wasn't necessarily handling it the way it needed to be handled in the country. in new company documents uncovered an american toyota executive was writing basically to his colleagues saying "we need to come clean about the safety problems, the time to hide on this one is over." now it was sent just five days before the massive recall of millions of toyotas. the memo was obtained by the associated press. toyota has no comment on this e-mail and with all of these court cases coming up they'll probably have a lot of no comments. they're repeating, "we are already acknowledging we know we did a poor job of communicating" and they've sa
years after the >>> then, elian gonzalez, a young man ten years after the international tu >>> toyota has two weeks to decide if it will challenge a record fine the government is proposing over those sticky gas the government accuses the company of hiding the dangerous defects for months. and proposes $16.4 million penalty. toyota has recalled more than 6 million vehicles in the u.s. because of acceleration problems. toyota says it has taken several steps to improve its communications with regulators and customers. >>> general motors says it will use a safety system on all of its cars that can prevent unintended acceleration. the automaker says all new vehicles worldwide will have the brake override system by 2012. the system reduces power when the driver steps on the break and the accelerator at the same time. >>> overseas stock markets are mixed this morning. tokyo's nikkei average fell 0.5% today. markets are closed in hong kong for a holiday. on wall street, the dow climbed 46 points yesterday. the nasdaq jumped 27 points. >>> home buyers appear to be racing to take advantage of a
to distribution of child pornography. >>> in tonight's consumer awe letter, toyota says it will now check all of its suvs for problems similar to the rollover risk uncovered by consumer reports and lexus gs 460. toyota suspended north american sales on tuesday. on wednesday expanded the suspension world-wide. toyota does not plan to sus eastbound the sales of the -- suspend the sales of the other vehicles. >>> ericson retirement communities has come out of bankruptcy. the chain of campus-style senior living facilities is being sold to redwood capital investments. the sale is expected to close by the end of the month. erickson runs 20 retirement communities of 23,000 residents in 11 states. >>> boarded up homes, overgrown yards trashed. these are the things you'll see in the city but not for long. neighbors are fighting the blight. how many homes will be left standing when this is removed. >>> valentine's day was two months ago. this is the weekend to fall in love all over again in annapolis. we'll take you to the new temporary lover's lane. >>> plus, a maryland family is a family. thanks to
could be forced to pay. >> toyota fights back. with a -- what the car maker is doing to keep selling vehicles. >> and the orioles get the season started on the road. how they did against the rays. >> live in high definition, from wbff tv in baltimore, this is fox 45 news "late edition". >> hello again, i am jennifer gilbert. jeff barnd is off tonight. if you drive a car, you need insurance, and the price tag on that insurance, could be going up. if a new bill passes. john rydell reports, the state senate takes up a plan that could lead to an increase in car insurance rates. >> state lawmakers are bitterly divided over whether to increase the amount of insurance that a other drivers if they areect involved in accidents. a bill to increase the minimum amount of liability coverage drivers must carry has passed the house. almost 250,000 drivers would wind up paying more in premiums. supporters say the bill would actually help to pay for medical costs for those seriously injured in crashes, but opponents call it an indirect tax hike. >> it will be disproportionate on the low income, even
. what the golfing great told reporters as he gets ready to return to the game. >> toyota has more to worry about tonight. we will tell what you the troubled auto make ser now facing. >> and the shuttle mssi [ female announcer ] playtime will never be the same again, thanks to new pampers cruisers with dry max. ♪ hey!! [ female announcer ] they're not just 20% thinner... ♪ they're also 2 times drier. ♪ ♪ hey!! [ female announcer ] it's next generation dryness. ♪ new cruisers with dry max. so playtime never ends. only from pampers. >> tiger woods makes his return to golf. getting ready to play at the masters. but facing the media beforehand. phil keating has the story of what tiger told reporters today. >> tiger returns to the sport that made him famous. but first facing another media blitz before teing off at the masters. >> it is not about the championships. it is about how you live your life. and i had not done that the right way for awhile. i needed to change that. going forward, i need to be a better man going forward than i was before. >> tiger answering questions ab
executives at toyota reveal serious concerns about how that company was dealing with safety problems. an internal e-mail from a toyota pr executive urges colleagues to, in his words, come clean. about accelerator problems in the vehicles. he did so five days before the company announced a massive recall back in january. that e-mail was obtained by the associated press. irv miller is the executive who sent it and he since retired. in the note he said he hoped toyota would not be put out of business while finding a solution to the accelerator problems. >>> an airline merger could be in the works. yet another one. associated press is reporting that united airlines and us airways are in talks about combining their operations. if that merger happens, the company would become the second biggest airline behind delta which merged with northwest back in 2008. the associated press reports the combined company would be able to cut its costs and it could compete better with delta. >>> coming up tonight, the governor of virginia adding new language to a proclamation about confederate history mont
. this is progress. visa. currency of progress. >> the toyota sports desk, brought to you by your local toyota dealers-- moving you forward. >> how about the washington nationals? they continue to play a surprisingly solid baseball. they put another win in the column today against the dodgers. ground ball to short, over to second, over to the first -- over to first, over to second, a double play. what justin. the guy can run. the national's win. the top of the tent. this guy was just called up this weekend. they hold out in the ninth and win. the capitals are back. they had practiced today in arlington. but coach increased intensity. friday was a head-scratcher and a disappointing loss. coach says, these guys have to be ready to give their all tomorrow night in montreal. >> i think it is important because it is important to play a good game. we are ready. we are sure the crowd will be ready. >> it was good to see eric back on the ice. it has been a couple of tough days for him. he took a shot to the mouth courtesy of a montreal player. he had to spend some time at the dentist. he says his dent
will show you how things are >> the toyota sports segment, brought to you by your local toyota dealer. >> one interesting roster move before the national kick things off will involve garrett, winning the no. 5 starters position. syracuse has the start of the season. and a final tuneup before ening day, we've got the first pitch, boston red sox in town for this one. kevin going to the yard, 2-0 red sox. very next inning, j.d. drew again launching a towering blast to the upper deck, right field. the game now is in the 8th inning, and boston is on top, 6- 1. cy young winner mike cuellar has died. he died in orlando of stomach cancer at 72. the wizards are trying to look respectable while playing out the balance of the dismal season. they are taking on people's -- the bulls. there's nick young, 25 feet, good. wizards up by 4. 24 points on the night for rose. the wizard only have seven games left in the season. thank goodness. one more exciting note, michigan state, game 1, west virginia, duke and the nightcap, that cable fixture -- that game will feature a player with a severe shoulder in
in redskins park. >>> the toyota sports desk, brought by your local toyota dealers -- moving you forward. >>> j.c. campbell is no longer a free agent. carolina, buffalo, oakland, they are the possible trade partners. anthony bryant was also signed. haynesworth was still a no-show at redskins park. he is a very real draft day candidate. i think the redskins will take trent williams. ben roethlisberger burke will not face criminal charges. the district attorney said he did not have enough evidence to convict -- to convince jurors that a sexual assault had occurred. the wizards and knickerbockers tonight, the final road game of the season. this gives washington a 810- point lead late. -- a 10-point lead late. the neckar barker's beat the wizards tonight. the nationals were in philadelphia for their home opener, and the nationals gave up seven on answered runs. this is chase utley. if it is fair, it is trouble. it hits the foul pole for a two-run home run. the phillies have their best start since 1993. the plight of the day, look at coral crawford. that is a phenomenal grabbed. crawford went
>> toyota executives thinking of local dealers for helping them rebound from millions of recalls. toyota executives withheld information about accelerator problems. the company faces a $16 million fine for the cover-up. despite the bad news, tokyo that stands by the repairs it has made. a january statement said they needed to come clean. 2 million vehicles are having sticky accelerator pedals address. writer ship was up 4.3% during the first -- ridership was up 4.3% during the first quarter of this year for amtrak. high fuel prices are factored in the growth. a new virus could ruin your computer. the virus is disguised as a message asking you to look a provocative photos or video. the message may seem real. it looks like it is set by one of four facebook friends or twitter followers. if clicked, it will download to your computer and send the same bogus message to all of your friends. always keep your anti virus software updated. if you click on the link, use a reputable anti virus software program to clean up your computer. >> that is right. opening day is only hours away. in fact, the f
size underneath that seat, too. new developments on toyota, reports suggesting the company notified the european distribute tors about sticking -- distributors and sticky gas pedals weeks before telling the u.s. government and why would that be, if true and the fox business network, cheryl casony is working that sorry, and the information shows toyota hid the information from the u.s. on purpose? >> it potentially could show that, yes, they hid it from the u.s., and, they also mischaracterized the issues, with the vehicles. and it goes back to september, bill, for toyota, they notified europe, western european distribute tors in israel and turkey of sudden acceleration and brake problems and toyota still maintains, as of today, these were separate issues. and expect that that of course is going to be questioned, going forward. because they say we notified europe about these issues but the u.s. issues were different. but, if you look at the documents, bill, the associated press pulled together, and examined, the same documents that ray lahood, the transportation secretary looked at,
to the financial disaster. and the story behind toyota getting slapped with a huge $16 million fine. but first the morning top headlines. >> the futures are indicating that we'll have a slightly weaker open. we had a rally yesterday. we had a move higher crosses 4% but right now it suggest as slightly lower open. australia central bank jumping by 25%, a 14-month high. also signalinging future moves in the future. an explosion ripping through a west virginia mine owned by mass see energy. four miners are still missing underground. they have a history of safety violations. three fatalities since 1998 and a worst than average injury rate during the last ten years. they are the largest coal producer in central ap lach cha. luds gud mob are you aglet's ge more reaction. david, good to talk to you. have you been given -- has the analyst community been informed by anything in the last 12 hours or so as a result of the mining accident? what can you tell snus? >> the company put out a press release to confirm the explosion and the deaths and that's pretty much it. i think right now we expect them to te
. >>> the latest this morning on the efforts to resume flights grounded by disruptive volcanoes. >>> plus toyota is taking action after "consumer reports" magazine advised drivers not to buy a new lexus suv. >>> and things looking up in the forecast. your weather and traffic are next. >>> good morning, time for weather and traffic on this tuesday morning, on tom kierein in storm center 4. we have temperatures around the metro area in the mid and upper 40s. but the shenandoah county getting some patchy frost possible. warren, shenandoah, page, rockingham and augusta counties, high clouds coming in from the west, ahead of the rain-maker that will be here tomorrow morning. for this morning, high clouds around, we'll have sunshine, low 60s by noon. and upper 60s during the afternoon hours. and cloudy tonight, down to near 50 by dawn tomorrow when we'll likely have light rain moving in from the west. occasional light rain tomorrow, highs low 60s. thursday, some sunshine back into the upper 60s. and upper 60s on friday and partly cloudy. a look at the weekend in ten minutes coming up at 4:51. >>> now
the next five years to meet funding requirements. the pension plans could fail. 1 million people. toyota it is extending the incentives that fueled sales last month. the promotions launched an incentive war that lifted sales for most automakers in march. you are tired of those fees at the airlines, get ready for one more. spirit airlines will become the first carrier to charge for carry-on bags. it will cost up to $45 each way to use the overhead bins. and that is your "money scope" report. i am vinita nair. >> wow. wonder if other airlines will follow suit. but it gets more expensive. avel lightly. >> 6:22, 70 degrees. >> another side effect of the recession -- birth rates are taking a tumble. >> later on "oprah," it is the program everyone seems to be talking about. you will be in goal behind the scenes of "glee." >>> some health news now. the birth rate fell in 2008 probably because of the recession. birth rates decline for teenage mothers. the birth rate among women in their forties rose 4%. these women probably felt they did not have the luxury of waiting for better economic times.
will happen today in northwest d.c. the funeral will begin at 11:00 a.m. >>> it appears toyota revealed safety problems after an executive told his colleagues to come clean. this now retired vice president told his colleagues that, we're not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet. toyota announced it would recall millions of vehicles the its problems with sticking accelerators. >>> a confederate controversy. a major a mission lands governor in hot water. >> tiger woods is back. he will tee off for the first time. >> >>> 6:10 on this thursday morning. adam caskey live in vienna. another mild morning. here's a look at the current conditions. a bit of a breeze blowing that pollen around. notice the dew point is higher, low 50's. a little petitte humidity. here is the forecast. -- a little petitte humidity. -- a little added committee. thunderstorms will be rolling through the region. much cooler tomorrow. danner 60 despite sunshine on air friday. i mention the pollen is blowing. you can see it on the screen. it looks like a light snow will fall -- action falling from the snow. hopefully y
. she might have pretty good insight on how to prevent it. >>> and toyota warned to stop sweeping its pedal problems under the floor mat. warned by one of its own executives before the massive recall. >>> we begin with the landmark with nuclear weapons. the deal limits both country's nuclear arsenals, but doesn't block the u.s. from building a missile shield in europe. president obama hailed the strong relationship that he's built with his counterpart and also said that they're working possible sanctions against iran. live from prague. >>> after days of waiting in west virginia, full rescue mode. looking for four miners. will it be rescue or recovery. today could be the day we get an answer. families prepare for the worst. we're going to have cnn's john roberts from naoma, west virginia in just a minute. >>> and kyrgyzstan, with possible problems for the u.s. and afghanistan. you see, the u.s. has a major air base there used for transit, for troops and equipment. the president has fled that started over rising fuel rates. we'll get more on what's happening in afghanistan coming up in
, georgia, phil keating, fox news. >>> toyota is making history but for all the wrong reasons. the record setting fine the government wants them to pay up. >>> set the timer. how long you need to exercise every day to offset a genetic link to obesity. your top five is up next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ nd howling ] [ male announcer ] it balances you... [ war crashing ] [ male announcer ] ...it fills you with energy... and it gives you what you're looking for to live a more natural life, in a convenient two bar pack. this is nature valley... delicious granola bars made with 100% natural ingredients. nare valley. 100% natural, 100% delicious. >>> a whopping $16.4 million. that's the fine the government is slapping on toyota. it's the biggest penalty ever issued by the transportation department against a car company. the reason? toyota took too long to tell the government about the defective gas pedals. dot says toyota new about the recall but didn't issue till january. over to maureen umeh with your fox 5 top five. >>> bri
toyota. a record $16.4 million penalty for the automaker's alleged failure to quickly tell regulators about gad pedal problems. phil lebeau covers the car industry for us. seems like regulators are sending a message to toyota with this fine they are looking to pursue. >> yeah, this is the way the federal government is saying to toyota, you know what? we're not happy with the way this thing played out over last six months, specifically the handling of the recall notices and the sfiky gad psticky gad p. in fact, documents show they knew about it on september 29th but there wasn't a recall in the united states until january 21st. federal law says you must notify the national highway traffic safety administration within five days of knowledge of a defect. toyota went several months before announcing the defect. remember, february 1st is when they said this is the fix for these sticky gas pd edals. $16.4 million, that's the fine. the largest possible fine that they can put against toyota and that's what it is coming from nhtsa to toyota in the case of this recall issue. >> phil lebeau, tha
. the white house reports for now that meeting is still on the president's schedule. toyota now and what a day. the troubled company will soon pay the largest fine that the united states government has ever issued to any automaker anywhere that is if the government gets its wish. the transportation department pushed toyota to pay $16 million as a civil fine for failing to notify regulators promptly about its pedal problem. that is the maximum penalty allowed. the company now has two weeks to either accept the fine or decide to fight it toyota's recalled more than million vehicles worldwide because of those sticking gas pedals, which we're told could leave drivers behind the wheel of a run away car. peter barnes from the fox business network is live in washington tonight. give us the details behind this final. you know judge napolitano was on with us in "studio b" today when this story broke and he said that doesn't sound like much to me but i guess the max is the max. >> that's right, shep. toyota failed to notify the national traffic safety administration of the sticking problem for at least
flying, toyotas. >> the big icelandic volcano. it is called eyjafjallajokull. it blew up in iceland. the cloud is drifting to new york. they say the air quality of the city is improving. iceland has shut down air travel all across europe. apparent pli, they dumped too much baking soda and vinegar into the thing and it just won't stop erupting. 63,000 flights have been canceled. an estimated 40,000 americans are stuck in europe right now because of the ash cloud. president obama had to cancel his trip to poland. this morning, he said he hopes the volcano will stop smoking soon and the volcano said the same thing about him. >>> rob marciano, not a lot of people laughing that we are hoping to get to weddings, honeymoons, funerals, you name it. >> not to mention the economic impact of all this. >> farmers are suffering because they can't get their stuff in and out. >> you know what makes it so complicated and so unpredict ability, when you go to the surface to 30,000, 35,000 feet, the winds change direction and speed at every level of that atmosphere. so you just don't know where the as
is over. we need to come clean. that's what herb miller, toyota's then group vice president told his colleagues in an e-mail referring to the safety problems just five days before toyota announced the recall. phil lebeau joins us now. what's toyota's response? >> they are not specifically commenting about the e-mail, but they say they understand they've done a poor job of communicating. this is a copy of it. one of 70,000 document that is the federal government has been going over in looking at how toyota handled the recall for sticky gas pedals. it's clear that some toyota executives realized they had to come out and say something. although it was sent five days before the recall. one of the quotes in this -- then saying they need to work out a resolution with the national highway safety administration. as interesting as the wording is here, lawyers who have sued the company and are planning on taking the company to court, almost all say the same thing. which is great for the public fodder. not sure how much this is going to help their cases in course aside from the fact it's one mo
prescriptions -- new at 6:00 p.m. >> the transportation department seems to be using toyota to drive home a point to automakers. >> not notifying the government quickly enough about defective gas pedals is the issue. we have the story from washington. >> in it -- in the middle of an advertising blitz aimed at shifting public opinion, toyota gets slapped with a $16.4 million fine, the maximum possible and the largest ever for waiting too long to alert authorities and drivers that the sticky gas pedal could be a problem >> our goal is to make sure that -- could be a problem. >> our goal is to make sure that we do not have a problem. >> toyota's president tried to explain what led to the dangers of defect in some vehicles. >> i fear the pace with which we have grown may have been too quick. >> but the fine is all about being too slow in eight -- to slow. in a statement, ravenwood says the government has proved that -- ray lahood says the government has proved that toyota knowingly failed to live up to expectations. for months, they did not take action to protect millions of drivers and their
and they are not toyota, with the possibility of brake failure in g.m. pick medium trucks and s.u.v.'s with more than 100 drivers complaining of break lines making it difficult to stop the vehicle. and now what models are we talking about? >> model year 1999, 2003, g.m. pickup trucks and s.u.v.'s. some six million on the road. and 2003 chevrolet four wheel drive pickup. with g.m. products, six million on the road but the good news no fatalities or injuries, only three accidents. it is about the brake line rupturing and making it difficult to stop the vehicle. >> do we know if this could lead to recalls for people who own these vehicles? >> this is how it gets started. consumers make their complaints online, on the web site, and it is investigated and that is where we are, ongoing investigation. and ultimately, the cars, vehicles, can be recalled and to there is a problem you get it fixed for free, cold comfort if you spent tens of thousands for the vehicle. >> and the national transportation highway administration is busy. >> very busy. you cannot get through on the phone. >> i have not tried but i am gl
suspensions. toyota suspended sales of a lexus suv. rollover fears. now, the company is testing a bunch of other models for the same problem. i'll tell you what, for toyota, when it rains, it pours. >> you have no idea. you don't even know the anger that my husband and i feel towards what this woman has done. >> russia suspended adoptions by american families. you're looking at the face of heartbreak. this woman got so close to bringing her new son and daughter home. and then that tennessee woman sent her son back to russia back to russia with a note. >>> and the third kind of suspension. travel. an angry, messy and busy volcano between north america and europe will definitely do that. >>> but we begin with the acronym, we all know it, nasa, national aeronautics and space administration. but the meaning far more powerful, exploration, innovation and inspiration. >> i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. >> it was a promise. and a challenge. president kennedy set
is manufactured by toyota. here it is. the magazine says the suv carries an unusually high risk of a rollover accident during certain types of turns. it's urging people not to buy the vehicle until the problem has been fixed. 5,000 gs-460s have been recalled. toyota is taking a serious look at the problem and appreciates consumer reports for bringing it to the company's attention. >>> how tough should you be when it comes to tough love? this is quite a debate. a new study on spanking is out. is it a good way to discipline your kids? we'll tell you what research found and get your views on corporal punishment. >>> new information in the search for missing florida girl haleigh cummings. apparently the search is on again. the putnam county sheriff's office said authorities are acting on a tip but won't, laberate beyond that. hill haleigh cummings was last seen in her father ronald's home. here's her picture. take a good look. ronald's then girlfriend and ex-wife misty croslin claims she put haleigh to bed that night and that was the last anyone saw of her. >>> well, there is more evidence that s
day now. plus the aggressive incentives toyota is putting out there. are they going down the same road that, well, hey, look, gm would not say that was such a wonderful road, was it? should toyota beware? and here are your morning movers. still hovering shy of 11,000. your biggest mover today is celgene and amazon on the move. we'll be back. >>> 45 minutes into the trading day. the dow up more than 10% since the february lows. boeing, du pont and disney, the biggest gainer on the blue chip index. auto nation, one of the best performers on the s&p. the company boosting earnings guidance for first quarter. and las vegas sans, u.s. steel, also hiting fresh 52-week lows. matt nesto told you yesterday about success in mccaw. we talked about las vegas sands. what else you got going on today, mr. nesto? >> let me talk about some of the upgrades, you mentioned the dow leaders. only eight stocks higher here today. du pont, pfizer and disney get upgraded this morning. du pont goes to neutral. off the underperform list at ba meryl this morning. you can see it is up .6%. pfizer, jpmorgan, is sayin
magazine warned its readers not to buy the lexus 2010 gx 460. that's because of rollover dangers. toyota owns the lexus brand and the lexus gx 460 owners can get a loaner car while the company figures out the problem. the national highway transportation safety administration will also conduct tests on that vehicle. >>> today thousands of people are using tax day to show their frustration with the government. they are headed to washington for a series of protests and rallies. live look now at the washington monument where one of those demonstrations is scheduled to take place later this morning. news4's tracie potts reports. >> reporter: amid today's last-minimum tax rush the irs admits it's already overpaid almost 30 million in refunds over new tax credits. >> the tax man cometh. next few years, will he be coming with a vengeance. >> reporter: taxes are lower this year but experts say expect them to go up as the government trace to cover massive deficits. president president obama is trying to get wall street to do their part. >> expecting taxpayers to bail them out when things go sour i
. >> let's talk about the car industry and toyota took a big hit today in what respect? >> ok. transportation secretary ray lahood said toyota, you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the sticking gas pedals. you're fined $16 million. the lawyers are going to have a field day with this. now, the government says you knowingly hid a dangerous defect. the lawyers have already sued. now they're going to say you covered it up. this could push toyota closer to a mass settlement of all these lawsuits and it will be very, very expensive. this is what could happen. >> one of the problems is the fact that they didn't have a recall months ago. they had to wait until it became a huge public outcry. the government says toyota, you should have reported this in five days. you took four months. that's a delay. you knowingly hid a dangerous problem. >> hold on, stu, because the government now owns most of general motors and chrysler. >> there is self-interest here. >> it is a conflict of interest, though, for the government to be fining toyota because some could argue, well, we kind of went the
targeted apartments and other residential buildings. >>> toyota's facing a record fine, more than $16 million for not telling officials quickly enough about safety problems with sticky gas pedals. the department of transportation says toyota hit a dangerous defect for months from u.s. officials. >>> mexico's president got a firsthand look on monday at damage caused by sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake just south of the california border. a strong 4.9 aftershock last nightcaped a day of more than 100 smaller tremors. two people died in the quake and at least 45 businesses and about a dozen homes were destroyed in the hardest hit city of mexicali, mexico. >>> a 10-year-old pare air girl is recovering after pretty bad accident over the weekend. her thigh was impaled by a fence post as she was trying to retrieve a ball. doctors performed surgery to remove it from her leg and they expect her now to make a full recovery. it is now eight minutes past the hour. back over to you two, tamron and matt. >> she's lucky. ann, thank you. >>> let us get a check of the weather now from mr. roker. >> t
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